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Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation

Step 3: Explore Strategies

Explore potential strategies.

My students don’t come to lecture.

You put your PowerPoint slides on Blackboard, and so students assume that those notes are enough information for them to master the subject/topic.


Design your slides to encourage attendance.

Explicitly inform students that your PowerPoint slides are incomplete, and they need to annotate those notes during the lecture. For example, the posted slides can provide the skeletal structure for the lecture, with fuller explanations and examples missing.

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